Dental exams and cleanings are two of the most critical aspects of your oral care routine. During an exam at Old Town Dentistry, our dentist will examine your teeth, gums, tongue, jaw, and neck for signs of common dental problems.
During your cleaning, we remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, which helps prevent cavities and periodontal disease and examine the teeth and gums for any signs of damage or infection. Then, we perform a fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel and prevent decay. Finally, we do a thorough polishing to give the teeth a beautiful shine.
How Often Should I Get a Dental Exam?
It’s recommended that you have a dental exam every six months or as regularly determined by your dentist based on your oral health needs. These exams allow us to make sure your mouth is completely healthy and that there are no signs of serious oral issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Periodic cleanings are also performed during these six-month visits to keep your smile looking and feeling its best.
During your six-month visit, we’ll complete a thorough examination, including a visual inspection of your teeth, gums, tongue, lips, and surrounding tissues. Your teeth will also be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar buildup from areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Other screenings may be performed as necessary to determine the status of your oral health. The sooner we catch potential problems, the easier they are to treat.
Why Do I Need Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings?
- Regular exams and X-rays help detect hidden tooth decay, infections, impacted teeth, bone loss, tumors, cysts, and other potential concerns. Early detection ensures you get treated before a small problem becomes a grave concern.
- Screening for gum disease can protect you from bleeding gums and tooth loss due to infection. Gum disease has been linked to various conditions like stroke and heart disease. Your oral health also affects your systemic health, so staying on top of exams and cleanings is essential.
- Plaque buildup is a leading cause of cavities. During your appointment, we will remove tartar buildup that brushing and flossing often miss. We will also polish your teeth to remove surface stains and enhance the appearance of your smile.
If you have any questions about dental exams and cleanings or want to schedule an appointment, call Old Town Dentistry today at (703) 683-0800.